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Hands-on: Google’s iOS app paves the way for smarter searches

Ask for more information when viewing a web page, and Google will speak it back to you. Useful? Not yet, but it’s still impressive.


Classic Shell and Start10 banish Windows 10 Live Tiles, bring back Windows 7 look

Here are two ways to make the Windows 10 Start menu more familiar to former Windows 7 users.


Turn your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick into a Chromecast (almost) with this $8 app

YouMap Cast Receiver supports sending video from phones, tablets, and the Chrome browser for a fraction of the price, though app support is spotty.


Apple Pay rival CurrentC could be delayed again as retailers jump ship

The backers of CurrentC want to take the time to “do it right,” but it’s hard to see what else could go wrong at this point.


IBM Watson could be your Fantasy Football secret weapon, for a price

The supercomputer and one-time Jeopardy champion puts its analytical skills to work by summing up the buzz on NFL stars.

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Lenovo's Service Engine marks yet another bloatware blunder for the company

By preventing laptops and desktops from performing a truly clean install of Windows, Lenovo may have left users open to attack.


Firefox sticks it to Microsoft, redirects Cortana searches in Windows 10

Users who set Firefox as their default browser can use Cortana web search with whatever search engine they want, instead of just Bing.

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TiVo Roamio DVR gets cheap lifetime service deal as new hardware looms

At $250 for lifetime DVR service, buyers will start saving money after 17 months.


Columbia House is the latest victim of optical media’s irrelevance

The mail-order CD and DVD service files for bankruptcy. Sign up now and get its assets for just a penny!


Hulu says it won't release its new original shows in binge-watch form

While Netflix and Amazon release entire seasons at once, Hulu is sticking with weekly releases for its original programming.


No joke: Microsoft is teaching comedy to computers

Using a computer algorithm, The New Yorker’s cartoon contest editors weaned out thousands of unfunny submissions.


Minecraft 2 isn’t happening “for the foreseeable future”

Mojang would rather focus on continuous updates and cross-platform features--kind of like its corporate overlords at Microsoft.


Pebble Time Steel smartwatch goes up for pre-order as early reviews roll in

$50 isn’t a lot more to pay for a snazzier design and a screen that’s easier to read than the plastic-clad Pebble Time.

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Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray should arrive in time for the holidays

The 4K resolution video format will finally meet optical media for those with little bandwidth to spare.


How to replace Windows Media Center’s DVR features in Windows 10

Windows Media Center was the best over-the-air DVR solution for PC before Microsoft removed it in Windows 10. Now, users must make the best of other options.